Residency training program
The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine offers a three year residency training program, which is fully accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Residents enter the program after the successful completion of an accredited clinical base year.
Following the guidelines established by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the ACGME, residents receive training in a graded and increasingly complex fashion during the three years. Our program is structured so that residents gain increasingly multifaceted experience in administering anesthetics, building upon their knowledge and technical skills. Residents receive training in all of the major subspecialties of anesthesia. Training takes place on the Sacramento campus of the UC Davis Medical Center and at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento.
The UC Davis Medical Center is the only level one adult and pediatric trauma center north of San Francisco and provides care to over 1 million area inhabitants. The Shriners Hospital for Children opened in 1997 and is an 80 bed facility focusing on the treatment of pediatric burn and pediatric orthopedic cases.
The anesthesiology training program at UC Davis Medical Center is designed to train residents as perioperative physicians, responsible for the total care of patients scheduled for surgical procedures. This is accomplished by combining a well thought out clinical training program with the latest in educational teaching methodology.
The first year of training is spent learning the fundaments of anesthesiology. The emphasis is on mastering clinical skills including intubation, the placement of lines, the selection and implementation of an appropriate anesthesia plan and the successful reversal of anesthetic agents. Residents are assigned to cases in the Main Operating Room and the University Surgery Center, gaining experience under the direction and supervision of our academic faculty.
The first month of the CA-1 year is spent in orientation. CA-1 residents are assigned on a one-to-one basis in the operating rooms and attend lectures Monday through Friday covering the basics of the discipline.
The second year of training is devoted to the subspecialties of anesthesia. Residents complete four-week rotations in pain management, pediatric anesthesia, obstetrical anesthesia, neuroanesthesia, cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia, ambulatory anesthesia, regional anesthesia, post anesthesia care, and anesthesia for transplant. Two rotations in critical care medicine are also part of the second year curriculum. Residents concentrate on mastering the knowledge and technical skills associated with providing subspecialty anesthesia to patients.
During the second year of training, residents discuss the options for their final year of training as well as their future career plans with their faculty mentor.
For their final year of training, senior residents can choose either the Advanced Clinical Track or the Clinical Scientist Track.
Advanced Clinical Track: Senior residents selecting this track are assigned to the most complex cases available. They are called upon to exercise independent judgment, act responsibility while caring for their patients, and serve as role models to CA-1 and CA-2. A minimum of six months must be spent in advanced clinical training while the remaining months can be spent concentrating on two to three of the subspecialties.
Clinical Scientist Track: Senior residents who select this track combine clinical training with research experience under the supervision of a faculty member. Residents who are interested in pursuing the Clinical Scientist Track must indicate their interest in this option in their second year of training and provide the Program Director with a written plan outlining their research plan.
Regardless of the track selected, the third year resident will complete a scholary project prior to graduation.
Thank you for your interest in our residency training program at UC Davis Medical Center. The faculty are committed to providing our residents with a quality experience, combining clinical training with a state of the art educational program. We pride ourselves on graduating anesthesiologist consultants, who provide outstanding technical care as well as treating their patients with understanding and compassion.
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Charandip Sandhu, M.D.
Program Director, Anesthesia Residency